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South Africa’s struggling agricultural sector: what went wrong 20 years ago

South Africa’s decision to play by the global rules of free trade post 1994 put the country’s agricultural sector in a difficult position.

While it was expected to compete against the best in the world, the support that could have helped it was taken away. At the same time, the countries it was competing against were very supportive of the sector – some times as much as three times more. This meant that new black farmers missed out on the opportunity to catch up with farmers who had been supported previously.

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